Message of the Holy Father for First World Day of the Poor, 19 November 2017

Thursday, June 15 2017

On 13 June 2017, the Memorial of Saint Anthony of Padua, the Holy See released the Message of the Holy Father for the First World Day of the Poor which will be observed on 19 November 2017. In the conclusion of his Message, on the theme Let us love, not with words but with deeds, the Holy Father expresses the hope this new World Day "become a powerful appeal to our consciences as believers, allowing us to grow in the conviction that sharing with the poor enables us to understand the deepest truth of the Gospel. The poor are not a problem: they are a resource from which to draw as we strive to accept and practise in our lives the essence of the Gospel." Pope Francis established the World Day of the Poor following the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy in November 2016, which he invited the Church to observe each year on the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. To mark the First World Day of the Poor this year, Pope Francis will preside at a Eucharistic celebration in Saint Peter's Basilica, followed by a meal in the Paul VI Hall with more than 500 people in need. In Canada, each diocese and eparchy decides how to mark the day.

Link to Pope Francis' Message

Last Updated on Thursday, June 15 2017